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UWOSA is an independent union representing approximately 860 administrative and technical staff at the University of Western Ontario. Our members work in every area of the University in a wide variety of roles. We are Academic Counselling Assistants, Admissions Coordinators, Animal Care Technicians, Booth Attendants, Computer Specialists, Dental Assistants, Drivers, Events Coordinators, Faculty Affairs Assistants, Graduate Coordinators, Horticultural Technicians, Laboratory Supervisors, Library Assistants, OSAP Coordinators, Prospect Researchers, Research Assistants, Residence Clerks, Schedulers, Secretaries, Storeskeepers, Technical Supervisors and Undergraduate Assistants (and so much more).

Member Advantage: Laura Secord Discounts This Weekend

The Laura Secord stores at Masonville Place and White Oaks Mall are offering a special VIP discount this weekend at their stores. All UWOSA members who show their UWOSA membership card & Western staff card will receive 20% off all purchases; this discount is not valid with any other offers or discounts. This offer is only valid November 20 – 22.

As a friendly reminder, the Columbia Employee Store discount is also in effect at this time and runs November 16 – December 20. Please review the procedures to obtain this discount on the UWOSA website as you must bring the invitation, your Western ONECard and your UWOSA membership card to be eligible for this discount at Columbia.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

Heather Guizzetti

Membership Services Officer
University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA)

VACANCIES: Staff Conference Advisory Committee and Learning, Staff Developement & Training Committee

There are two committes looking for UWOSA representation:

Staff Conference Advisory Committee
The Staff Conference Advisory Committee contributes to the successful planning and hosting of the annual Western Staff & Leaders’ Conference.

Learning, Staff Development and Training Committee
This committee, outlined in Article 46 of the collective agreement, is responsible for addressing the planning of learning, development and training initiatives for staff.

If you are interested in putting your name forward to sit on either committee, please download and complete the Committee Appointment Request Form and send it to the UWOSA office by campus mail to: UWOSA, UCC Room 255, by email to or by fax to ext 82180. All forms must be received by Monday, November 30, 2015.

The Stewards Council will appoint a member to this committees at its meeting on December 2, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. All applicants are expected to attend this meeting (location TBD).

If you have any questions, please call Mary Hay at ext 85089 or email

Member Advantage: UWOSA Exclusive Invitation from Columbia Employee Store

Just in time for holiday shopping, please visit the "Members Only" area for an exclusive offer from the Columbia Employee Store!

This invitation is only valid from November 16 - December 20, 2015.

Please be sure to read the instructions for store entry as you will not be admitted into the store without *all three* of the items listed. If you need a new UWOSA card, please contact Mary Hay (; if you need a new Western ONECard, please visit Student Central in WSS1120 with a piece of valid government-issued photo ID.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

Free Concert, Grand Theatre & Budweiser Gardens Discounts

On behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee, I would like to invite you to participate in a couple of events this month and next. In an effort to make this email a bit shorter, please log in to the UWOSA website for more information on each. If you have forgot your username and/or password, please contact Mary Hay ( for a new one.

1. Free Orchestra Concert at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm.

2. A 20% discount to performances Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck at the Grand Theatre; Any show from November 26 – December 5.

3. Discounted tickets to a trick-or-treating event and performance by Alvin and the Chipmunks & The Chipettes at Budweiser Gardens on Saturday, October 31.

In the coming weeks, I hope to pass some information along about a Columbia Outlet Store discount (dates still to be determined) as well as a winter charity that we will be supporting, so please stay tuned for that!

If you haven’t already, please set aside some time on December 10 from Noon - 2:00 p.m. for the UWOSA Annual General Meeting (to be held in SSC 2050).

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer
University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA)

Members Needed for UWOSA Elections Committee

Dear UWOSA member,

The UWOSA Elections committee is currently being formed in preparation for the election on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

This committee oversees nominations and ensures that elections are held in a fair and impartial manner. All members not running for office are welcome to join, and the committee elects its own chair.

If you are interested in being a member on the Elections Committee, please email or call ext 85089.

Thank you

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